Learn to Navigate

The No-Nonsense Guide for Everyone


By Basil Mosenthal & Barry Pickthall


Publishing 2nd January 2014


Learn to Navigate has been a bestseller since first publication, and this completely revised new edition is the simplest, most straightforward introduction to navigation there is.

Brief and user-friendly, this non-scary guide gives you the skills to work out where you are, where you want to go and how to get there, whether using GPS and electronic charts or traditional techniques.

Includes sections on:
the essentials of reading a chart (paper and electronic)
understanding tides
using traditional and electronic navigation instruments
plotting a position and planning a passage, both on paper and using GPS and chartplotters
key navigation terms and what they mean

Taking you through each step with explanatory illustrations, chart extracts, screenshots and photographs, this is the perfect introduction for anyone wanting to learn the basics of navigation and how to put it into practice.

Basil Mosenthal had a talent for explaining complex subjects very simply, and is the author of many bestselling books.


Barry Pickthall was Yachting Correspondent for The Times for 20 years, and has written 18 books about sailing, including Go Dinghy Sailing, Blue Water Sailing, Buying a Yacht and Buying a Motorboat, all published by Adlard Coles Nautical.